By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Student Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Bobcat Baseball (21-15, 19-8 PBC) dropped the third game of their home series against No. 14 Lander University Sunday. The 16-2 loss came after a dominating Bobcat victory in game two.
The Bobcats worked hard to put runs on the board, but Bearcats pitcher shut down the Bobcat bats to two runs. The first came in the bottom of the fifth inning when senior first baseman Tanner Giesel (Naperville, Illinois) smacked a solo home run over the left field fence. His run was the first chip away at Lander's 13-run lead. Junior shortstop Brandon Benson (Loganville) brought around the second run with a single through the left side in the sixth after the Bearcats allowed sophomore catcher Brandon Purcell (Glennville) on first with a fielding error. Overall, the Bobcats recorded six hits for the last series game.
The Bobcats struggled defensively, going through six pitchers before the end of the game. Right-hander Trevor Guthrie (Cumming) started on the mound, facing fifteen batters and allowing seven runs across the plate after two and two-thirds innings. A second right-handed sophomore, Cameron Busby (Grovetown), took over with two still on. He allowed those two to come around unearned before closing the inning. He couldn't stop the strong Bearcat at bats and let three more runners reach home.
Junior Grant Khan (Richmond, Texas), senior Bryce Bush (Phoenix, Arizona), freshmen Logan Howard (Cumming) and Matthew Heard (Cumming) also saw action from the mound against Lander. Combined, the pitchers worked five innings, allowing four runs and recording a cumulative five strikeouts.
The Bobcats added one win to their record after the three-game stint against Lander. Georgia College travels to Carrolton Tuesday, April 12, for a mid-week single match-up with the University of West Georgia. The first pitch of the contest between the Bobcats and the Wolves is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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